Arch11 Unveils Spanish-inspired Design for Boulder’s Corrida Restaurant
Colorado architecture firm continues to elevate culinary scene with sleek new concept
Expansive Flatirons views set the scene at hot new Arch11-designed Corrida in Boulder, while overhead neon suggests the curves of Spanish vaqueros’ lariats (photo: Jonathan Phillips)
When the highly anticipated Spanish-style steak and tapas restaurant Corrida opened its doors in downtown Boulder on March 24, guests were greeted by warm wood and neutral hues, white linens, modern lighting and unobstructed views of the surrounding Flatirons.
Designed by award-winning Denver/Boulder-based architecture firm Arch11, the new space is a modern rooftop aerie set on the fourth floor of Boulder’s PearlWest Building. Corrida owner Bryan Dayton called upon Arch11 to implement a fresh look inspired by his travels to the Basque Country of northern Spain. Studded leather walls, neon ceiling lights reminiscent of swirling lassoes and a warm walnut bar with backlit bull skulls overhead nod to the Spanish tradition of bullfighting, while floor-to-ceiling windows and a sprawling outdoor rooftop patio with fire pits celebrate the awe-inspiring Colorado landscape.
“The space adds an unexpected sense of reserved elegance to the Boulder dining scene,” explains Arch11 principal E.J. Meade. “We worked to make each surface of the design sensual and tactile, but also focused on the sensory acoustic experience to provide a lively space but one in which a calm conversation can prevail.”
The pairing of Arch11’s elegant design with Chef Amos Watts’ menu—which boasts exceptional cuts of beef, paella, tapas, craft cocktails and Spanish wine—has garnered the attention of local and national media. 5280, Westword and Eater Denver have all highlighted Corrida—including a spot on Eater Denver’s list of ‘15 Hottest Restaurants in Denver’—while Vogue named it one of the ‘Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings in America in 2018.’
Corrida’s Spanish influences range from “toro” bar lighting to studded leather walls (photos: Jonathan Phillips).
With the completion of this project, Arch11 continues to elevate the ambience of the Denver/Boulder area’s thriving dining scene. The firm has designed spaces for some of the hottest restaurants on Colorado’s culinary map, including Boulder’s Oak at Fourteenth and Denver’s Brider (both also owned by Dayton), as well as the Mile High City’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Humboldt Farm Fish Wine, Blue Island Oyster Bar in Cherry Creek North and Sazza at Stapleton’s Stanley Marketplace.
Arch11’s next culinary design project is set to open in the downtown Denver Dairy Block outpost, a hub of shops, restaurants, bars and hotels in the historic one-block space that once housed Windsor Dairy.